How do slow waves affect sleep?


Slow waves, experienced during deep sleep or slow wave sleep, are crucial for several restorative processes in the brain and body. Louisa Nicola explains the significance of slow waves during deep sleep:

  1. Brainwave Characteristics: During slow wave sleep, the brain produces delta waves. These waves are characterized by their high amplitude and low frequency, typically ranging from 0.5 to 4 Hz. This marks the deepest phase of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and is crucial for recovery and rest 1.

  2. Hormonal Activity: Important hormonal activities occur during slow wave sleep, particularly the secretion of growth hormone, which is essential for cell and tissue growth. The release of growth hormone is strongly correlated with the intensity of delta wave activity. Additionally, the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is suppressed during this phase, potentially as a protective mechanism against metabolic diseases like diabetes 2.

  3. Physical Restoration: Even though the brain and body are less active during slow wave sleep, critical internal processes, such as muscle tone moderation and systemic hormonal regulation, continue to ensure proper function and recovery. Delta wave sleep is particularly effective in supporting physical restoration and recovery, especially after physical activities 1.

These aspects underscore the essential role of slow waves in facilitating deep, restorative sleep, critical for overall health and wellbeing.

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